1. How would you describe ZAZ's approach to film parody or film spoofs in this scene? Cite specific examples.
Hitting the trash can, air bags deployed, drive engaged by air bags, Drebin unaware car is in drive and following him, Drebin showing his badge, firing his gun - all within the first 28 seconds of the clip - and all with Nielsen maintaining his wonderful deadpan throughout. (I will leave the remaining 2-3 minutes to others for examples.) Again, crammed full of comedy gags amidst the deadpan detective. A much faster pace than Pink Panther, with a focus on visual and verbal slapstick.
2. How is ZAZ's approach to spoofing similar to or different from Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder's approach in yesterday's Daily Dose?
You can tell with both Young Frankenstein and Naked Gun that there was a great deal of study of the originals in order to spoof them. In Frankenstein, it seems to be more the entire decade of 1930s horror films via set design, shooting in black and white, original props, story line, and broad characterizations of the 1930s horror films, whereas Naked Gun seems to focus more on the PACE of the Dragnet series and its original Jack Webb. Naked Gun seems to focus more on a central buffoon, where the comedy in Frankenstein is drawn from all elements of the original.
3. In the context of slapstick comedy, compare Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau with Leslie Nielsen's Frank Drebin.
Leonard Matlin in his 2013 Media Guide called Nielsen "deadpan, dead perfect" as Drebin, who Matlin described as "the stupidest law officer since Inspector Clouseau.
Clouseau, to me, seems more stylized, while the zaniness of ZAZ takes Drebin over the top in situations. While we have Clouseau struggling with pool cues in our earlier Doozy, Drebin faces challenges second after second in this clip. As mentioned in the Doozy, the jokes (both verbal and visual) are crammed into the film - making it difficult for this audience member, at least, to catch his breath from laughing at one gag before moving to the next. This breakneck pace is what I view as the single most distinctive difference between these two bozos of law enforcement.
Drebin evolved from his original character in TV's Police Squad as the straight man to the bumbling cop in the movies. (https://en.wikipedia...ki/Frank_Drebin)
Nicholas Laham in his 2009 book, Currents of Comedy on the American Screen: How Film and Television Deliver Different Laughs for Changing Times, has entire chapter devoted to what he calls "suspense comedy" that emerged in the 1980s. He cites this genre's roots go back to Maxwell Smart in the Get Smart TV series of the 1960s. He says that Pink Panther and Maxwell Smart were isolated comedic characters in the 1960s and 1970s, and it wasn't until the 1980s that the "dumb cop" and "dumb spy" premise became a dominant trend in film comedy. Laham argues that this new form of comedy emerged in response to growing awareness of government ineptitude from Vietnam, Watergate, etc. The focus he claims was on ineptitude versus government corruption.